Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Actual digital music crime

The Met Police have arrested a group of djs who allegedly were using stolen credit cards to buy their own music off Amazon and iTunes.

Yes, yes, it's criminal, but at least they weren't unlicensed downloads.

DCI Terry Wilson, from the Met's Police Central e-Crime Unit, said: "This has been a complex investigation to establish what we believe to be an international conspiracy to defraud Apple and Amazon."

I'm sure Terry knows what he's talking about, but I'm not sure defrauding Apple and Amazon was quite the idea - after all, if you've stolen a credit card you can buy anything you like with it. Isn't it more that the alleged criminals were using Apple and Amazon as unwitting money launderers, rather than scamming royalties?

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